KI_mlkday1During the month of January, Kittrell Job Corps Center held several activities and events on and off center in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The one that generated the most buzz was the students’ participation in a community project to build six raised plant beds for the Northside Elementary School’s spring garden. The project was sponsored by the Food Corps, Warren County Cooperative Extension , Warren County High School and local Non Profit Working Landscapes. As a result of Kittrell’s participation, several  students were featured on the front page of the Warren Record.

Prior to the community service event, the Center’s Career Preparation Period/Counseling Department sponsored a trivia, poetry and essay contest on “the meaning of Civil Rights and how it has impacted us today” and “Civil Rights through the Decades.”

Kittrell students also videotaped a Youth 2 Youth play called “A Conversation Between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.” The magnificent play featured Dr. King and Malcolm X offering sharp contrasting ideas regarding the future directions of African American politics. The video was filmed outside of the Administration Building.

Students later made cards for the Kerr-Lake Nursing home residents and veterans, which were distributed during their visit to the facility on January 17. Students also sang songs and conducted a bingo for the residents.

The Center held a final special Civil Rights program on January 19 in the center gymnasium. The guest speaker was Jenny Johnson Franklin, a retired educator from Warren County. She shared information on Civil Rights, her experience, and a conversation she held with Dr. King.